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Boise State University History

Some Basic Sources Available in the University Archives


The Archives of Boise State University is part of the Special Collections Department of Albertsons Library. The Archives contains the official records and publications of the university going back to its founding as Boise Junior College in 1932. Among the largest record groups within the Archives are the records of the Presidents and Vice Presidents and the photo archives. The Archives contains approximately 20,000 file folders of records in more than 300 boxes, plus thousands of publications and photos. The Special Collections Department has created a computerized database that lists and indexes all of the files and major publication groups. To consult the index, call us at 208-426-1736.


Published histories

Barrett, Glen. Boise State University: Searching for Excellence, 1932-1984. Boise: BSU. 230 pages with bibliography. Also available in the circulating collection: LD2307.I22B37

Chaffee, Eugene B. Boise College: An Idea Grows. Boise: Syms-York. 1970. 273 pages with bibliography. Also available in the circulating collection: LD2307.I22C48

Ourada, Patricia K. The Broncos: A History of Boise State_University Athletics, 1932-1994. Boise: BSU. 1994. Also available in the circulating collection: GV691.B62094 1994


Other general histories and compilations

Hershey, Mary T.  History of Boise Junior College. 1955. 44 pages.  Spec Coll LD2307.I22H3

Keiser, John.  Be a Leader. 1993. 190 pages.  Archives LD2307.I22K45 1993

Oliver, Henry Lincoln. Boise State University: The First Fifty_Years. PhD. Diss., Washington State University. 1983. 154 pages.  Also available in the circulating collection: LD2307.I22O4

Interviews of former faculty members (Oral history collections)

President's scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, 1933-1968 (RG 5.0)

Subject files of clippings, photocopied documents, and other materials on university history created by Professor Glen Barrett (MSS 66)

Index of articles in the Idaho Statesman pertaining to Boise State University, 1984-present.


Selected University publications and records

Accreditation self-studies (UP 4.17)

Alumni Directory, 1990. Archives LD2307.I21aB65 1990

Catalogs, 1932- (UP 4.04)  Also in the Reference Dept, 1st floor:  ref LD2307.I2

Class schedules, 1964- (UP 4.05)

Faculty Forum, 1976-1985, 1991 (UP 4.08)

Faculty handbooks, 1959- (UP 4.09)

Faculty Senate minutes, 1956- (RG 3.1)

Faculty-staff directories, 1964- (UP 4.11)

Faculty-staff newsletters, 1956-1975 (UP 4.10)

Focus, 1975- (UP 4.12)

Focus Factsheet/BSU Update, 1977- (UP 4.13)

Minutes of the governing authority (RG 1; UP 1)

President's budget requests/legislative reports, 1966- (UP 5)

Press books (Athletic), 1960- (RG 30)

Registrar's reports, 1939-1987 (UP 304)

Student directories, 1968-1992 (UP 4.19)

Student handbooks, 1943- (UP 4.20)

Student newspapers, 1933- (UP 4.15) Early years incomplete. Titled: Round-UpArbiter, and University News.  Also available on microfilm in Microforms Room, Microfilm collection 8.

Student organization directories, 1970- (UP 4.21)

Yearbooks, 1935-1978 (UP 4.22).  Titled:  Les Bois.  Also available in the general collection as  LD2307.I25 Oversize

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